I’ve always hid away from sharing anything too personal or opinions from fear of being judged. I’m not sure where this came from, but I’ve always had it. So, my decision to start sharing my thoughts and opinions wasn’t something I chose to do lightly. In fact, I have over analysed all my ideas and told myself I could never do this but through the support of my dear friend I’ve found the guts to get over myself and give it a go. What’s the worst that can happen…

With no further ado, introducing me, Alana Young, previous known as Alana Chuck. Yes, that’s not a typo, my maiden name was Chuck.

I was at the receiving end of endless jokes about vomit and have been sung the rhyme “how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood” countless times. I hated having my name read out in assembly as it always got the crowd laughing and I even remember as a child being laughed at my radio announcers when they read my birthday shout out. Fair to say I was not at peace with my name and would steer away from situations where people needed to know my full name. Fast forward to my mid 20’s and I finally grew up and embraced who I was. Little did I know that I was soon to meet my future husband and soon marry out the name. It had always been my dream to do this, but it was bitter sweet by the time it actually happened. Fortunately for me my brother in law still refers to me as Chuck which is a reminder that is still who I am, and I now find it somewhat endearing.

I am very happy to now be known as Alana Young but will always be Alana Chuck. It is unique and connects me to a very special family whom I love dearly. It’s such a shame we only learn these lessons to hard way but it also makes the experience worth while in the end.

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